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Record Unit 7383,  Kenk, Roman, 1898-,  Roman Kenk Papers, circa 1921-1987

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Kenk, Roman, 1898-
Title: Roman Kenk Papers
Dates: circa 1921-1987
Quantity: 1.43 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 7383
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

The papers of Roman Kenk document his research on flatworms during all phases of his career. They include three series of correspondence covering the identification, acquisition, and exchange of specimens; the preparation and review of publications; and collecting work in Europe, Puerto Rico, and all regions of the United States. Also included are diaries documenting Kenk's daily activities as a Research Associate in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, NMNH, from 1967 to 1987. The diaries also contain data from several collecting trips taken by Kenk.

Historical Note

Roman Kenk (1898-1988) was an invertebrate zoologist and authority on the morphology, ecology, and taxonomy of freshwater flatworms. Born in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, he received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Graz, Austria, in 1921. From 1921 to 1938, Kenk taught zoology at the University of Ljubljana, except for the years 1931-1932 when he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the University of Virginia. Kenk emigrated to Puerto Rico in 1938, and became a naturalized United States citizen in 1942. He served as Professor of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico from 1938 to 1948, before moving to Washington, D.C., to become a bibliographer at the Library of Congress. After his retirement in 1966, Kenk was appointed Research Associate in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), where he was placed in charge of building the flatworm specimen collection and library. He remained at NMNH until 1987.

Kenk published over forty papers on flatworms. Nine invertebrates were named in his honor, including a family of flatworms called Kenkiidae. He donated his personal collection of flatworms to NMNH.

Descriptive Entry

The papers of Roman Kenk document his research on flatworms during all phases of his career. They include three series of correspondence covering the identification, acquisition, and exchange of specimens; the preparation and review of publications; and collecting work in Europe, Puerto Rico, and all regions of the United States. Also included are diaries documenting Kenk's daily activities as a Research Associate in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, NMNH, from 1967 to 1987. The diaries also contain data from several collecting trips taken by Kenk.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7383, Kenk, Roman, 1898-, Roman Kenk Papers

Container List

Box 1

Correspondence, A

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Correspondence, B-Be

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Correspondence, Bi-Br

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Correspondence, Bu-Ca

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Correspondence, Ce-Cu

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Correspondence, D-E

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Correspondence, K

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Correspondence, L

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Correspondence, M-Mei

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Correspondence, Mel-Mu

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Correspondence, N-O

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Correspondence, P-Q

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Correspondence, Ra-Re

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Correspondence, Rh-Ro

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Box 2

Correspondence, Ru-Se

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Correspondence, Se-So

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Correspondence, Sp-Stef

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Correspondence, Stei-Th

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Correspondence, Ti-V

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American Advancement for the Advancement of Science

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American Museum of Natural History

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American Microscopical Society

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Ball, Ian R.

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Baruab Bibliography

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Biological Abstracts

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Bower Care Driving Group

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Bromley, H. J.

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Canadian Journal of Zoology

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Carpenter

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Chandler, Clay M.

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Darlington

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East Lansing Symposium, 1966

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George Washington University

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Gourbault

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Higgins

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Holler, Cato O., Jr.

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Holsinger

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Hubricht

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Information requests

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Instructions

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International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

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Ismodes, Iris, I.

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Israel Journal of Zoology

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Journal of Freshwater Ecology

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Kawakatsu, 1981-

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Kawakatsu, -1981

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Lewis, Jerry

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Library of Congress

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Longest, W. D.

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National Geographic Society

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National Institutes of Heath

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National Park Service

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National Science Foundation

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National Speleological Society

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Norton, Russell M.

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Oceanographic Sorting Center

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Personal

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Reprint Requests

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Box 3

Royal Ontario Museum

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Sayre, Richard M.

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Science

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Senate of Scientists

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Smithsonian Institute

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Smithsonian Institute Planarian Manual

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Southwestern Naturalist

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Systematic Zoology

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Tumor Registry

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Wiker

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Zoological Record

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Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

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Arkansas

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California

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Colorado

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Delaware

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District of Columbia

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Florida

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Georgia

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

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Indiana

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Kansas

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Louisiana

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Maine

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

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Michigan

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Minnesota

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Missouri

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Montana

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Nebraska

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

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New Mexico

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New York

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North Carolina

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Ohio

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Oregon

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Pennsylvania

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Tennessee

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Texas

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Utah

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Vermont

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Virginia

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Washington

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West Virginia

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Wisconsin

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Wyoming

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African Countries

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Argentina

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Australia

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Austria

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Belgium

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Brazil

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Canada

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Dominican Republic

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France

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Germany

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Great Britain

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India

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Iraq

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Israel

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Italy

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Jamaica

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Japan

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Nepal

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Netherlands

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Poland

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Spain

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Sri Lanka

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Sweden

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USSR

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Yugoslavia

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Diary 1967, 1968

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Diary 1969, 1970

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Diary 1971, 1972

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Diary 1973, 1974

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Diary 1975, 1976

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Box 4

Diary 1977, 1978

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Diary 1979, 1980

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Diary 1981, 1982

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Diary 1983, 1984

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Diary 1985, 1986

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Diary 1987

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